This is the next step in the civil rights movement,” Jackson said, noting minorities represent a sizable share of tech consumers but not its workers. He said it’s bad business to exclude them. Of Twitter’s U.S. employees, only 3% are Hispanic and 5% black, but those groups along with Asian Americans account for 41% of its U.S. users.
Dean Garfield, president of the Information Technology Industry Council, said the industry prides itself on being a meritocracy. “We can, and will, expand our definitions of merit to recognize the importance and value of diversity to our success,”
Alexander: I’m all for diversity and against H-1B abuse, but not like this! Just blatantly forcing companies to fill a quota and doing nothing about the secondary and post-secondary education system in America is only going to make American companies less competitive and lead to resentment.
As an engineer who works with a lot of Asian and White* males (along with women in the same demographic in addition to Hispanic and Indian men and women) I would love more diversity at work. I’d like Jesse Jackson to look at the candidates interviewing - and no the people that use the products.
I wonder what NSBE thinks about this, or why Jackson isn’t approaching them or IEEE / ASME / etc. about this.
(see comments on Slashdot)
*And most of these men and women aren’t WASPs, but rather recent immigrants from Eastern Europe.